It’s considered the greatest movie of all time. Film professors have shoved it down student’s throats for decades and now the classic from Orson Welles is coming to DVD in a 60th Anniversary Edition. “Citizen Kane” comes to the widely accepted digital format with more extras than have ever been contained on any version of the film. Here’s the release direct from Warner Home Video:
GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME ON DVD! CITIZEN KANE ^ Orson Wellesâ€™ Tour de Force Arrives September 25th in Warner Home Videoâ€™s 60th Anniversary Edition
Double-Disc DVD Packed with Extras: â€˜The Battle Over Citizen Kaneâ€™ Documentary, Separate Feature-Length Commentaries from Roger Ebert & Peter Bogdanovich, Trailers, Newsreels, Interviews & Rare Photos
Orson Wellesâ€™ Citizen Kane — the Academy-AwardÂ®-winning masterwork that expanded filmmaking frontiers like no other movie in history — will be released for the first time September 25 as a double-disc DVD in a newly packaged 60th anniversary collectorâ€™s edition.
Hailed by critics and filmmakers as the greatest movie ever made, this classic will feature a breathtakingly restored picture and audio and digitally remastered video from the highest quality surviving elements, along with a variety of extras. Also on VHS, the Warner Home Video (WHV) release of Citizen Kane will sell at a collectible $29.99 SRP/$24.95 MAP for the DVD and $19.98 SRP/$13.95 MAP for the VHS. Orders are due August 28.
â€œWe began our three-year restoration process by searching for the best available film elements and then applying our latest digital technologies to restore the picture and audio,â€ explained Ned Price, vice president of video mastering for Warner Bros. â€œAs a result, Citizen Kane now looks and sounds better than it did even in its original theatrical release.â€
Citizen Kane, the latest of the â€œcrown jewelâ€ releases from WHVâ€™s vast library of classic films, was chosen as the #1 film of all time on the American Film Instituteâ€™s list of the 100 Greatest American Movies.
â€œWeâ€™re proud to be releasing the greatest film of all time,â€ said Mike Saksa, WHVâ€™s vice president of U.S. marketing. â€œWith the tremendous appeal, quality and value-added features of the DVD format, many home viewers, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, will be able to enjoy this revered American treasure the way it was meant to be experienced.â€
The second disc in this double-disc DVD release is The Battle Over Citizen Kane, the two-hour OscarÂ®-nominated documentary that chronicles the titanic struggle between filmmaker Orson Welles and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who claimed Citizen Kane was a thinly veiled and slanderous account of his own life. Interviews, film clips, newsreel footage and stills reveal the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of how Hearst used his formidable power to try to stop production and distribution of the film, and how he ultimately sought to destroy Welles himself.
EXTRAS! EXTRAS! ^ Disc one of the double-disc DVD edition includes Citizen Kane with the following special features: ^ – Breathtakingly restored picture and audio and digitally remastered video from the highest quality surviving elements ^ – Two full-length audio commentaries — one by noted film critic Roger Ebert and the other by writer/director and Welles biographer Peter Bogdanovich ^ – The 1941 New York movie premiere newsreel ^ – Gallery of storyboards, rare production photos, call sheets, and other memorabilia ^ – The original theatrical trailer ^ – English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles
Disc two on the Citizen Kane collectorâ€™s edition DVD includes the two-hour documentary, The Battle Over Citizen Kane, featuring: ^ – Interviews with Welles, the stars of Citizen Kane and associates of Welles and Hearst ^ – Rare footage from Hearstâ€™s San Simeon estate and Wellesâ€™ historic The War of the Worlds broadcast ^ – Biographical profiles of Welles and Hearst
Features on the VHS special edition include restored picture and audio and digitally remastered video, the 1941 New York movie premiere newsreel and the original theatrical trailer.
About Orson Welles and Citizen Kane ^ Citizen Kane, according to director Martin Scorsese, made Orson Welles â€œresponsible for inspiring more people to be film directors than anyone else in the history of cinema.â€
Starring, produced, directed and co-written by Welles, Citizen Kane opened May 1, 1941 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and was nominated that same year for nine Academy AwardsÂ®, winning the OscarÂ® for Best Screenplay.
Joseph Cotten played the investigative reporter Jedediah Leland, who delves into the life of Charles Foster Kane and his mysterious â€œRosebud.â€ Welles himself played Kane, in a role spanning the publisherâ€™s life, first as a boyish, ambitious young man to the old, bloated and embittered recluse he became. Other actors included Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick and Paul Stewart. Alan Ladd and Arthur Oâ€™Connell appeared uncredited as reporters.
The legendary Gregg Toland was the filmâ€™s cinematographer, and Robert Wise, later a two-time Academy AwardÂ®-winning director, was the editor on the picture. After remaining out of circulation for many years, in the early 1960s Citizen Kane was selected by a panel of film critics as the greatest film of all time. During the ensuing years, in poll after poll, Citizen Kane has been consistently ranked as the highest embodiment of film art. Says critic Roger Ebert, â€œSixty years later, this towering achievement is as fresh, as provoking, as entertaining, as funny, as sad, as brilliant, as it ever was. Many agree it is the greatest film of all time.â€ Critic and film historian Arthur Knight observed, â€œLess by imitation than by inspiration, the Orson Welles film has altered the look not only of American films, but of films the world over.â€
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Posted on June 29, 2001 in News by Film Threat Staff
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